Pics: Snakes that massage your body

ibnlive.com
Jun 20, 2007 at 04:04am IST

This spa is a one with a wild twist and is definitely not for the faint-hearted.

Ada Barak's spa in the north of Israel offers its guests a chance to be massaged by snakes.

Barak, who uses California and Florida King snakes, corn snakes and milk snakes in her treatments, says she was inspired by her belief that once people get over any initial misgivings, they find physical contact with the creatures to be soothing.

STRANGE SPA: Liz relaxes after snakes are let loose on her body at Barak’s spa in northern Israel.

During the massage, which costs 300 shekels ($A89.85), Barak releases six non-venomous snakes onto the backs of her customers and allows them to slither around.

It is said that the massage has a therapeutic effect on aching muscles and stiff joints.

"I'm actually afraid of snakes, but the therapeutic effects are really good," customer Liz Cohen told Reuters Television as Barak let the snakes loose on her body.

Liz Cohen receives a snake massage treatment at a spa in the northern communal village of Talmey El'Azar.
(Photo: Reuters)

Liz Cohen receives a snake massage treatment, where snakes are let loose on her body, at the spa. It is said that the massage has a therapeutic effect on aching muscles and stiff joints.

Spa owner Ada Barak gives a snake massage treatment, where she lets loose the reptiles on the body of Liz.
(Photo: Reuters)

Ada Barak gives a snake massage treatment to her customer Liz Cohen, at her spa in the northern communal village of Talmey El'Azar. Barak uses California and Florida King snakes, corn snakes and milk snakes in her treatments.

Liz relaxes after snakes are let loose on her body at Barak’s spa in northern Israel.
(Photo: Reuters)

Barak, who charges 300 shekels ($A89.85) for a massage, says she was inspired by her belief that once people get over any initial misgivings, they find physical contact with the creatures to be soothing.

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